updated 01:20 pm EDT, Sat August 25, 2007
Palm Centro Photo Leak
What appear to be official product shots of the Palm Centro have been leaked, courtesy of a tip to Gizmodo. In stark contrast to earlier leaks that had shown the phone in a plastic white, the finshed model is black with a more professional aluminum trim. The QWERTY keypad also appears to have been redesigned to be easier to strike while still reducing the size well below that of the Treo, backing claims that the Centro is targeted at younger buyers.
No details of internal specifications are included, though the phone is expected to support EVDO Internet access, Bluetooth, and a rear camera. Media is very likely to be stored on either miniSD or microSD cards and could include SDHC support for 4GB or more of data.
The lone photo carries obvious Sprint branding and confirms the presence of a touchscreen, which will be used for simplified IM as well as for Palm's hallmark features. Current rumors would have Sprint launch the device in early October and dramatically undercut the price of the Treo 680, selling for $99 with a two-year contract. The provider is also reported to have 90 days of exclusive sales before Verizon and other rivals can sell their own versions.